Friday, November 20, 2009

Death - The Sound of Perseverance

7/10

The Sound of Perseverance is a pretty overrated album, although it's still decent. Basically, there are too many sections which coast by on speed and technical ability rather than interesting songwriting; Chuck hasn't lost his touch completely, but a lot of these songs have passages that are just dull. Also, his vocals aren't nearly as good as before; they're way too high-pitched. There's a really good cover of Judas Priest's "Painkiller" at the end, but from the way Chuck was shrieking, one can't help but wonder if a rendition of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "Constipation Blues" would have been more appropriate. There are also a few questionable songwriting decisions (for example, those bass runs on "Bite the Pain" sound just wrong, and not in a good way, and there's a pretty mediocre semi-acoustic instrumental), but there are plenty of awesome parts like the mid-tempo but insanely powerful intro to "Flesh and the Power it Holds" to balance them out.
I think that a lot of the praise that this album gets is based on the fact that it's the last album recorded under the Death name, and that it's not an emabarrassment or anything like that. I just think that it's one of the less interesting Death albums, but it's a huge compliment to Chuck and co. that an album like this pales to the rest of the Death discography.

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